Environmental Justice

Law 510



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This transition to practice course is designed for upper-level students with an interest in environmental law and/or civil rights law.  Environmental Justice sits at the cross roads of environmental law and civil rights law.  The basic premise of “environmental injustice” is that poor people and people of color disproportionately bear the burdens of pollution and through exclusionary zoning practices lack equal access to basic amenities such as water and sewer. 

The law in this practice area is diverse, encompassing environmental law (e.g. NEPA, the Clean Water Act), civil rights law (Title VI) and property law (zoning), as well as Executive Orders (EOs12898 and 12250). The course will examine the application of these laws in real and simulated practice settings, focusing on identifying and addressing environmental injustice.  In the process, we will explore our professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and to the legal system

This course will address some of the same concepts introduced in Civil Rights Law and Environmental Law, but will focus on the intersection of the two disciplines, particularly examining the application of the law to those communities disproportionately bearing the brunt of pollution and the lack of equal access to basic amenities. This course on modeled after the RWE Environmental Law Practice course in terms of using the law as a backdrop to develop practical skills.

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